Cost-of-Living Comparison: Relocating from Pittsburgh

by Marillyn Tefft, Senior Researcher 1. October 2013 08:52

 

In our latest cost-of-living comparison using data from ERI’s Relocation Assessor, we examine a professional relocating from Pittsburgh, PA to three other U.S. locations.  The analyses are meant as one-to-one comparisons based on replicating a typical professional lifestyle with annual earnings of $100,000 in Pittsburgh. In addition to the total cost-of-living comparisons, we’ve provided differentials for each of the major expenditure pattern components: consumables, transportation, health services, housing, and taxes.

 

Highlights:

  • Replicating a typical $100,000 Pittsburgh lifestyle in San Antonio requires $92,883, with sizable decreases in monies spent on the consumables and income/payroll taxes categories.  Unlike Pennsylvania, Georgia, and California, Texas has no state income tax.
  • Atlanta data illustrates a $3,248 higher cost of living, with housing costs comprising the majority of the increase and transportation costs slightly lower.
  • Not surprisingly, housing in San Jose is significantly higher, which results in the overall cost-of-living differential close to 20% higher than Pittsburgh. Consumables also contribute to the higher cost of living.